Fields appeared by video before a judge two days after prosecutors allege he killed one woman and injured 19 others by driving his car into protesters. He appeared on a large screen in the corner of the courtroom, his face was unshaven and his hair swooped across his forehead like his idol, Adolf Hitler. He wore a black and white striped prison uniform, looked downward, and sniffed occasionally. … [Read more...] about Charlottesville Killer James Alex Fields Claims He’s Too Broke to Afford a Lawyer
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John Ford’s western about Wyatt Earp has an unforgettable scene where a traveling actor (Alan Mowbrey) stumbles through Hamlet’s “To be or not to be” soliloquy in a barroom full of drunks. When he forgets his lines, Doc Holliday (Victor Mature) leans forward and finishes the speech. And in that handoff, when Shakespeare’s words are taken out of the mouth of an actor and taken up by a spectator in a saloon, something too familiar suddenly comes to life. We hear what Hamlet’s saying because it’s not Hamlet, it’s Doc saying the words—a man living with the death sentence of tuberculosis, which puts him on more than a nodding acquaintance with matters of life and death. And yes, Ford is riding on Shakespeare’s shoulders here, but this is still one of the most transcendent and touching—yet unsentimental—scenes in any movie. … [Read more...] about What Are the Best Shakespeare Movies?
The Justice Department has emphasized that the guidelines are not laws. They are nonbinding, and not following them will not have legal consequences. That said, the document did come with the implicit threat that states which refuse to comply with the recommendations could be putting their federal-education funding in jeopardy, which is why the 13 states sued. … [Read more...] about Judge Blocks Obama’s Transgender Student Bathroom Guidelines
My flat-mate’s older brother used to work at an advertising agency a couple of years ago. Apparently his boss was a sociopath, his workload was insane & workplace intolerable etc. After his boss claimed credit for some project work that she hadn’t done (yet again), he went back to his desk calmly, picked up his work phone and called his grandmother’s house in Oman. When she answered, he told her not to hang up the receiver. He placed the phone in his bottom drawer and locked it. Then he grabbed his bag, suit jacket, sauntered over to his boss’s office and said,”For 2 years, you’ve made everyone’s life on this floor a living hell.” Then he swore the fuck out of her in his native language for a while (top tip: Arabic’s great for venting in). His parting line, just before security arrived? “Even my phlegm has more integrity than you do, you fucking bitch!” (Yeah…I didn’t really get that, either). Anyway, … [Read more...] about Web Explodes With Best Quitting Stories
Cannabis is currently a Schedule 1 drug under the Controlled Substances Act, placing it among the most tightly controlled substances in the country. (Schedule 2 drugs have medical uses but are highly easy to abuse, while Schedule 3 ones are even less addictive and only “lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.”) But determining what drugs fall into which category doesn’t only fall to Congress: federal agencies also have a say. … [Read more...] about What Obama Can Do to Loosen Marijuana Laws, Even Without Congress